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chris smither

chris smither

i won another contest!

my answer “new orleans” gained me 2 tickets for the chris smither show last night at the grey eagle from the sweet blog ashvegas.

i love his songwriting. the lyrics ring true. i love his guitar playing. his fingers are confident.

 
 "Leave the Light on"
 
If I were young again, I’d pay attention
To that little-known dimension
That tastes of endless time
It's just like water, it runs right through our fingers
But the flavor of it lingers
Like a rich, red wine

In those days we were single – and we lived 'em one by one
Now we hardly see ‘em – they don’t walk - they run
But I got plenty left I’ve set my sight on
Don’t wait up - Leave the light on
I’ll be – home - soon

I’ve never seen my life in such a hurry -
But if I start to worry –
I get left behind
It’s like a party, but you don’t get invitations –
and there’s just one destination
You better be on time

For years we rhymed in couplets -
And we sang ‘em two by two
Now we hardly rhyme at all – but here’s a few
And if they hurt, there’s bullets left to bite on
Don’t wait up - Leave the light on -
I’ll be – home - soon

That drummer in my head needs inspiration
There’s a lack of syncopation –
the holes need to align.
It’s just so hard to leave these cages that we think in
By stages we just sink in -
to a slow decline

For years we lived in waltz time –
and we danced three by three
Now it’s hard to dance, but if you'll stick with me –
We’ve got what we need to spend the night on -
Don’t wait up - Leave the light on -
I’ll be – home - soon

These races that we’ve run were not for glory -
No moral to this story –
We run for peace of mind
But the race we’re running now is never-ending.
Since space and time are bending,
There’s no finish line -

But I'll live to be a hundred -
I was born in ’44 -
32 to go, but I ain’t keepin’ score -

I've been left for dead before - but I still fight on – Don’t wait up
 
Leave the light on
I’ll be home soon

I been left for dead before - but I still fight on Don’t wait up
 
Leave the light on
I’ll be home soon


the show ended with this cover “killin’ the blues”

good lord 

live music is best